How cool to find the original furniture tag
still attached to the underside of the framework!
As best I can find on the internet, The Sheboygan Parlor Furniture Co. dates from around the 1860’s and actually sold a lot of their products through catalogs!
Once all the structural issues were addressed,
and I had chance to absorb how unexpected and fun this project would be, I decided all the missing ornamentation–was just one more layer of character!
I skipped a primer coat–just painting, so to let the wood’s natural characteristics show through, and add to the end finish.
Of course the air was super humid when I was working on this project. I think it was described as “the air you can wear!”
Everything needed extra drying time–which gave me extra time to think about how I ultimately wanted to use my new BENCH, and what furniture it would be paired with. That bonus-time lead to a few adjustments.
I started to build on the finish using a variety of products and techniques. When I wasn’t quite satisfied one way, I’d experiment with another until it
looked authentically old! ; D